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Frommer's Amsterdam (Frommer's Complete Guides) [Kindle Edition]

George McDonald
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Book Description

Frommer's Amsterdam gives you the complete overview of insider knowledge on where and what to visit in The Netherlands' vibrant capital, all in meticulous detail to point you towards the best that Amsterdam has to offer.

Packed with detailed, opinionated and honest reviews, this guide gives you the low-down on what's worth your time and what's not, providing extensive listings of Amsterdam's accommodation, attractions and restaurants in and around the city whatever your budget. Entire neighbourhoods are also broken down by thoughtful itineraries to help you plan your way while you stay, according to your timeframe.

Discover contemporary Dutch cuisine; walking and biking tours along the Golden Age Canal and Amstel River; tips on visiting coffee shops; art, architecture and cultural highlights; and the best of the cities vibrant nightlife.

Importantly, this guide provides the latest trip-planning advice and money-saving tips, as well as a complete shopper's guide and directory of useful contacts to ensure you make the most of your stay in the city.

About Complete Guides:

The Frommer's Complete guides give travellers the comprehensive overview of destinations, detailing the vast variety of choices and need-to-know local information in cities and countries, without glossing over any of the details. Entire regions, neighbourhoods and more are broken down by thoughtful itineraries to give detailed guides to each, with full accompanying reviews and prices listed throughout. These guides are packed full of up-to-date advice and tips on what's new in the location and how to plan your trip according in every aspect of your time there; vocabulary lists also exist where you might need a few key phrases and menu terms.

Complete guides give you the respective A to Z, helping you to find the places to stay, eat, shop and explore that are best suited for you wherever you are or are planning to go.

Editorial Reviews


' of the best guides to Amsterdam...comprehensive, up-to-date, well-written, covers hotels, restaurants, museums and other sights in good detail.' (Beyond, July 2011).

From the Back Cover

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.

  • Insider tips on the best bars, brown cafés, and smoking coffeeshops—plus the Dutch quest for gezelligheid.

  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.

  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.

  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2789 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 16 edition (January 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KAAC3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Frommer's usual quality July 20, 2005
We travel a lot and always get a Frommer's Guide the first time we visit a new place. In general these guides are full of useful information, accurate maps and excellent sight-seeing suggestions and lists of restaurants. We have found this to be true of the Frommer's Guides to France, Provence, Germany, London, Spain and Norway.

This Amsterdam guide did not live up to our expectations. It's not that the book is "terrible", but we consistently found inaccuracies and, as others have said here, were often left wondering if the author George McDonald actually ate at the restaurants he recommends. One could reasonably suspect that the appearance of some of these restaurants' names in the guide were paid endorsements. (A particular recommendation for Indonesian food, which one can find in abundance in Amsterdam, was especially suspicious, as it was overpriced and nowhere near the quality of other restaurants we visited).

We always like to walk when visiting a city, and this Amsterdam Guide contains several long walking tours. We tried almost all of them, and invariably gave up and headed in our own direction. The maps provided with the walking tours had inaccuracies serious enough to really throw us off (street names off by an entire block), and included ridiculous "points of interest" -- in one case he sends you off to see the site of a historic orphanage, when in fact the orphanage is gone and now replaced by the new Ballet house, an unattractive steel and glass monstrosity. He even goes so far as to explain that the orphanage "used" to stand there. What's the point? Does Mr. McDonald really not think that Amsterdam has enough existing points-of-interest that he has to send us off to the ones that aren't there anymore?

Further, the tear-out folding map that comes with the book contains little more than street names -- there are inexplicably no references to points-of-interest mentioned in the book, or even major landmarks.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment. November 10, 1998
By A Customer
I bought this book for my first trip to Amsterdam. The basic info is sound but there were some problems. The most annoying is that key parts of maps end up in the middle (binding) making them difficult to read. The restaurant reviews were in inaccurate and left the reader wondering whether anyone from Frommers had been in the restaurant. In summary the book is OK but there are better ones on the market.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good, basic travel guide November 1, 2002
By A Customer
I just took this book to Amsterdam. I found it to be very helpful. The books features maps dedicated to a single subject (such as a restaurant map, a hotel map, etc.). We used these extensively. The Frommer's Irreverent Guides have more candid and entertaining reviews (including information on coffeeshops, which this book essentially skips), but this book is an excellent one-stop source of travel information. If you're only bringing one guide to Amsterdam, this one will do the job well. If you can pack two, bring along the Irreverent Guide (or something similarly hip).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ideas maps, and more June 2, 2012
By Maj.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you want to plan a great trip to Amsterdam Frommer's will help. Once you're there you can look up maps, access important numbers, and reference articles or sights easily with bookmarks or the search feature. The digital edition make sit so you can store every city in the world in one simple to carry item. It has historical information a plenty, and some advice for the red-light district. If you want more juts go to Frommer's online and see reviews and more up to date information on everything.
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